SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 7, 2014) -- Participants in the 30th anniversary running of the Army Ten-Miler are encouraged to honor fallen Service members and their families through a social media campaign called "Run to Honor."
Army-Ten Miler weekend begins Oct. 10, with an expo at the D.C. Armory, which continues Oct. 11. The Oct. 12 race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, where the runners will be surrounded by a sea of "Hooah!" tents displaying promotional materials from garrisons Army-wide.
Survivor Outreach Services, part of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation division, urges runners, friends and family members to download a "Run to Honor" sign template and post photos from race weekend on Facebook or Twitter with a #RuntoHonor hashtag.
In this "selfie" era of instant gratification and instantaneous documentation, anyone with a smartphone can make instant "news." The Army-Ten Miler is a suitable venue for runners and spectators alike to honor those who gave their all, IMCOM officials said.
The Run to Honor campaign is part of an IMCOM initiative to increase awareness of the meaning of the gold star, which is used to signify the loss of a loved one in service to their country. Attending the Army-Ten Miler is not necessary to participate, officials said.
For more information, or to download signs to use, visit www.armymwr.com/run-to-remember.